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It only took about an hour to get to Bruges, and it was a fairly easy ride. There were a lot of students on the train, so that was annoying, but I survived. I got into Bruges and found the tourist information center. I grabbed a map of the city and saw that they pointed out the top 10 things to see in Bruges, so that made my itinerary for the day pretty easy. It is a really nice little town. Very picturesque.
... Central Train Station. Caught a slow train to Ghent, but was only an hour. We took the tram to the historic district, 3.6 Euros after meeting a nice lady in the bank where we got coins (thinking we might need them for the tram...we didn't)...she gave us a ticket worth one fare. And as Sandy said thank you, she said, "That's what we're here for, to help each other." What a great way to start our visit to Ghent. Now, I ...
... for its world record in 2004 for having 2004 beers available to drink. There was an entire menu book you can buy. This was going to be terribly difficult for some indecisive females.
Luckily a Belgian man sitting at the bar was there to help. He asked what type of flavours we liked then ordered. For me this was a bloemenbier - it wasn't on the smaller menu list. He managed to choose our favourite beers for the night - a great ...
... freebies too which made it all the more better. We also found a cute shop called ‘Oil and Vinegar’ and I found the most delicious Champagne Vinaigrette ever. I eat it with my salad every week and it is AMAZING!!! But I can’t go crazy as it has to last!
We relaxed a bit at the hotel and then had dinner. We had some beer which was a lemon flavoured beer and really nice! So it was a nice evening. We decided we wanted more drinks but ...
... 8221; happening because I’m stopped twice for
directions into town. I was really enjoying feeling so helpful particularly
when I handed over my map to a couple of lost looking girls who admitted they
had no idea where they were headed.
Then ducking in to the bathroom I paid my 50 euro cents (I KNOW – you
have to pay to go to the bathroom here!) and headed into the bathroom only to
be almost bowled over by the small little old ...
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Correct mais pas idéalement placé.
Hôtel 4 *.
Bon accueil. Parle français.
Situation : à côté de la cathédrale. D'autres hôtels se trouvent un peu plus près des autres "attractions" historiques de la ville.
Prix indiqué dans la chambre : 250 €.J'ai payé : 72 €, ce qui me semble beaucoup plus raisonnable.
Petite chambre à deux lits, avec climatisation. Très propre et jolie décoration (qu'il s'agisse des meubles, de style, ou des rideaux et des dessus de lit ).
Equipement de la chambre classique pour ce nombre d'étoiles : mini bar, télé, climatisation, sèche-cheveux et autres produits.
Salle de bain : petite mais très suffisante.
Vraiment négatif : le bruit de la rue, avec la circulation automobile.
Par ailleurs, pas de parking à proximité (dans la rue, c'est 15 € la 1/2 journée). Le parking le plus proche est à 5 min à pied (prévoir de déposer les bagages) : 13.80 € par 24 H.
Petit déjeuner : compris et très copieux (buffet).
Do not judge a book by its cover
My husband and I just returned from an Easter break in Brussels and stayed at this hotel. We were initially supposed to book the Marriott, but as we were still doing the online booking, the hotel became unavailable and we settled for the Hesperia.
When we arrived at the hotel, it really did not look 4 stars at all!! We were given a room on the 5th floor, and it was absolutely fabulous, and lived up to its standards. We had a separate lounge area with 3 sofas and a very spacious room, even a balcony! The toilet and bathroom was separate and it even had 2 separate basins. Our room was larger than others around us (had a peek while the lady was cleaning the neighbouring rooms), and looked nothing like the photos posted by the previous person. We never requested a superior room, so not sure if it was just our luck, or what. Every small detail was taken into account...right down to providing earbuds, a comb, and even a shaving and dental kit!
Granted the reception staff did not speak/understand English very well, but they were indeed very helpful when you needed anything. The breakfast area was a disappointment though (as stated by previous reviewers), and for a 4 star hotel, a bigger area with more staff and a better breakfast selection should have been provided. Handy tip...try to get to breakfast at least before 9:45, otherwise you would have to wait outside for a table!
Location wise...its two doors away from the Brussels Central Station (use the Rue De Colonies exit), and about a 10 minute walk from the Central Place, so not bad at all. However if you do not prefer walking uphill, I suggest you book closer to the Grand Place. Not a bad hotel overall though :-))
Very Good but not Fabulous!
The location is very good, near central train station, where you can get the train to the airport, to Bruges, to Antwerp, to Paris, to... almost everywhere in Europe!!!
The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, although a bit noisy, because of the traffic in the Avenue de colonies.
Breakfast is good, however it as few fruit and replacing is a slow job, if you know what a mean!...
And it brings us to the "dark sheep" of this hotel - service! In Reception or in the breakfast room is the same; they are nice but slow and not very efficient. If you as for something they will do it, but not as quickly as they should and it is boring to need to ask for basic things like bath towels more than once!
This hotel has a small breakfast room with two staff who could not cope with the weekend guests. The rooms are average for this class of hotel. Our bath could not be used as there was no way to stop the water leaving the bath. Reception staff were not very helpful on this and other issues and a favourite phrase was "I don't know!". When we arrived (at 6.10 pm) we were told that our room was not ready and could we wait for 10 minutes - in fact it was almost an hour before we got into our room.
It's not a hotel I would go back to.
One of the best hotels I've stayed at. I arrived very early (around 9am) and readily expected to be asked to leave my bags and come later but the receptionist found me a splendid room with a magnificent view over the city. Sure it was small, but the balcony made it seem bigger and the bathroom was a good size. The breakfast excellent. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Indeed, I would actively make this my first choice for Brussels.
Fabulous hotel rooms with great breakfast
We stayed at Hesperia Grand Place Hotel in July 2005 and just came back from the trip. I felt so great staying at this hotel that I felt that I should put in a review for this hotel.
The stay at the hotel was fabulous. Hotel is extremely clean, all new furnishings, very very well maintained. Hotel staff is extremely polite and very accomodative.
We badly needed a 220V-110V convertor for charging our digital camera and the hotel staff magically pulled one out from their office. We stayed in London and Amsterdam but none of the hotels had the converter. This shows the amount of effort the hotel puts in to ensure the visitors needs are met. We were really impressed.
Hotel breakfast was very elaborate and had everything you could imagine.
Hotel service is excellent. We were travelling with a small kid and hotel location is very appropriate for people traveling alone or with families.
Do not miss out a visit to the Grand Place (5 mins walk from the hotel towards the central station). This place is open late night till midnight. We were there at the hotel for one night but we enjoyed so much after visiting the Grand place. You can find all the great Belgian chocolates and all souveniers you can imagine from the 100+ shops and restaurants within 5 mins walk from the hotel. Hotel associates were extremely polite, nice and helpful with local tips.
If I visit Brussels again, I would love to stay at this hotel. We paid Euro 70 for the hotel room and breakfast inclusive which we felt was a very good price for this hotel. Hotel is really a 4-star or 5-star level of service and quality. Hotel room was very clean, quiet and very relaxing.
Great hotel for great rate
My 'very small room with a big balcony' was not so very small, in fact it was bigger than most hotel rooms I've stayed in Paris, and the balcony was indeed big but overlooked on a construction zone (when they'll get finished and the weather turns warmer, this balcony will be great for sun bathing!).
A very good breakfast (with strawberries) was included in the price and all the staff were very helpfull and kind. Room was very quiet and I slept well in a comfortable bed. Only thing that I missed was a bathtub, but that might be found in those bigger rooms.
This hotel is great for those traveling on a train as the central train station (NOT the 'midi' station) is 50 meters away and a metro station is right underneath. The central square and walking streets are very close by (couple of hundred meters).
Near central station, cosy and clean.
This is a small hotel. Only a 4 minutes walk from central railway station,
which is an important thing in Brussels, the Airport Express train is a practical and reasonably priced alternative for a taxi!
The taxi drivers in Brussels seem to cheat foreigners as much as possible, overcharging is a rule. I have to go to Brussels quite often, I speak French, and even I can't avoid the overcharging if I have to use a taxi. Obviously most of the drivers are "foreigners" and often take the longest possible route from the Airport to the hotel.
Hesperia Grand Place is not brand new, not a trendy or extremely stylish hotel, but it certainly is cosy, clean, reliable and well located. Also breakfast is okay.
Hesperia - Good Choice
Hotel was a great bargain. Clean comfortable room, friendly and helpful staff, great location and a very good full breakfast included in price. Wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
Hotel was clean and in excellent condition. For 100 euros we had a small suite which included many amentities. This was a real bargain and included a buffet breakfast. The gentleman at the reception desk (Didier) was VERY helpful and able to answer our questions and provide good advice. The hotel was in a good location, 200 yds from the train station and a 10 minute walk to Grand Place. Would definitely stay here again.